Noctua @ Computex 2009

noctua_nf_p12_pwm [news]"The days flew by at Computex last week and we'd like to thank all of you who visited us at our booth – it's been great to meet you! For all those who haven't been able to visit us or who weren't at Computex, we've put up some photos and information about the upcoming new products we've exhibited at the show:"

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IR Box construction guide

ir_box"The infrared receiver kits had to go without a enclosure so far and it is time to change this. Now there is the new IR box available, where one can insert for example the PCB of the brand-new USB Ultra infrared receiver v2.0, in order to protect the electronic devices and to get a more beautiful construction for the PC or HTPC. Of course it is also possible to integrate different IR receivers into the small black plastic box, this small modding guide is just an example for the latest USB IR solder guide."

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Antec Introduces Newest Addition to New Solution Series: VSK-2000 Case

"Fremont, CA – June 4, 2009 – Antec, Inc., the global leader in high-performance computer components and accessories for the gaming, PC upgrade and Do-It-Yourself markets, today announced the VSK-2000, the latest addition to Antec's New Solution Series line of enclosures. The VSK-2000 joins the New Solution Series as a quality, versatile and cost-effective case option. The VSK-2000 case is designed to maximize value, combining efficient airflow, cable management and CPU and graphics cards cooling with an affordable price. The VSK-2000’s cooling system features up to three 120mm cooling fans (one rear TwoCool™ fan, two front optional fans for HDDs) and Thermally Advantaged Chassis (TAC) 2.0 Design Guide compliance for improved CPU and graphics cards cooling. The VSK-2000’s perforated front bezel also provides air intake for additional cooling. Offering users convenience and flexibility, the VSK-2000 features seven expansion slots and washable air filters that allow for easy cleaning, ten drive bays (six internal front-loaded 3.5” HDDs, three external 5.25” HDDs, one external 3.5” floppy drive), and front ports including two USB 2.0 and Audio In and Out."

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A-DATA Presenting the Killer Speed of 1TB SSD with Latest XPG 2.5" to 3.5" SSD Converter at Computex 2009

XPG SSD Total Solution [news]"A-DATA Presenting the Killer Speed of 1TB SSD with Latest XPG™ 2.5" to 3.5" SSD Converter at Computex 2009 Taipei, Taiwan – June 4th, 2009 - A-DATA Technology Co., Ltd., a worldwide leading manufacturer in high-performance DRAM modules and Flash application products, presenting the killer speed of eight A-DATA S592 SSDs with XPG 3.5” converter configure in RAID 0 at Computex Taipei 2009. With the utilization of XPG 3.5” converter, the capacity can reach up to 1TB to perform 825 MB/s read and 1,115 MB/s write transfer rate. The eight A-DATA S592 SSDs adopting the latest XPG EX93 3.5” SSD converter, equipped with safety lock mechanism that can easily secure the SSD/hard drive in 3.5”drive bay without purchasing any accessories, to keeps the valuable data operate in a safety environment. This functional and worthful XPG EX93 3.5” SSD converter is the best choice for those PC user and enthusiasts. For more information about the latest XPG series products, please visit A-DATA booth at Computex 2009."

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Corsair: Intel® and AMD CPUs Just Got Cooler

Corsair [news]Taipei, Taiwan R.O.C., June 2, 2009 – Corsair®, a worldwide leader in high-performance computer memory, power supplies and flash memory products, including solid-state drives, today debuted the new Corsair Cooling Hydro Series H50 high-performance CPU cooler at Computex 2009.

Working in concert with ASEtek, a worldwide leader in liquid cooling systems for high-performance computing, Corsair has developed an easy-to-install CPU cooling solution that outperforms stock CPU coolers by more than 30%. Utilizing a copper CPU cooling plate and integrated pump connected to a 120mm radiator and high-efficiency, low-noise fan, the Hydro Series H50 delivers superior cooling for higher overclocking performance and greater stability. Unlike traditional liquid-cooling solutions, the H50 is a closed-loop system that is supplied pre?filled and fully connected using low permeability tubing to virtually eliminate evaporation and leaking.

“Until today, most innovations in CPU cooling revolved around how to fit increasingly bulky and unmanageable heatpipe-based air coolers into a chassis,” said Jim Carlton, Vice President of Marketing for Corsair, “The new Hydro Series H50 changes the game, packing an incredible amount of cooling into a much more compact solution and delivering better performance than even high-end, dual-fan CPU coolers that barely squeeze into a system.”

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Corsair® launches Obsidian Series 800D

case_2 [news]Taipei, Taiwan R.O.C., June 2nd, 2009 – Corsair®, a worldwide leader in high-performance computer and flash memory products, today at Computex 2009 announced its entry into the PC chassis category with the launch of the Corsair Obsidian Series 800D. Flexible, roomy and sturdy, the Obsidian Series 800D full tower chassis was designed exclusively by Corsair and incorporates features demanded by the enthusiast market. “The Obsidian Series 800D is a true builder’s case,” said Jim Carlton, VP of Marketing at Corsair. “It will reliably last you through years of motherboard, power, memory, cooling and component upgrades, while its advanced features and superior cooling performance allows you to build your ultimate dream system.” The steel structure of the Obsidian Series 800D has a matte black coating both inside and out, and is finished with a brushed aluminum faceplate for a professional, high-end look. It supports up to five 5.25 inch and six 3.5 inch drives in total, is compatible with ATX, Extended ATX, and Micro ATX motherboards and incorporates advanced features that make it ideal for demanding system builders. These include four hot-swap SATA bays, a cut-out section in the motherboard tray for easy CPU cooler installation and a unique cable management system that decreases cable clutter to increase airflow. The tool-free design also allows for easy entry and simple installation of 5.25 inch drives.

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Cooler Master announces 80 Plus Gold Certified high wattage power supply

"May 26th 2009 - Cooler Master proudly announces the 80 Plus Gold Certified high wattage power supply, the highest rated 80 Plus power supply to-date by achieving a typical efficiency of 90.05% .

Cooler Master has long built a strong reputation based on industry-leading designs in coolers and computer cases, while its power supplies have often been over-shadowed. Today, marks a new era in the company’s foray into the market of power supplies. With the UCP reaching new 80 Plus Gold specifications, Cooler Master has put itself at the cutting edge of PSU design.

Launch of GC-2 - Premium Thermal Compound

11 [news]"Best-in-class Premium GC-2 thermal compound enables an effective heat transfer and an asier application on CPU, VGA or even Chipset Cooler thanks to the GELID applicator. With a net content of 7g and a very attractive price the GC-2 provides a specific gravity of more than 2.8 g/cm³."

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Antec P193 Review at Overclockers Online

The P193, like the P183, is really a sleek looking case that is not flashy and that's a good thing. All of the positives of the P183 are here; cable management, fan speed controls and good cooling. With the two larger 140mm fans in the top and the 200mm Big Boy in the side the gives the P193 a cooling advantage. On top of this you get the added advantage of room for eATX motherboards and full length video cards

Antec P193 Review at Overclockers Online

OCZ Summit MLC SSD OCZSSD2-1SUM120G @ Benchmark Reviews

Samsung makes the DRAM modules found in nearly all popular SSD products today, with Elpida and Qimonda also adding their name to cache buffer parts. JMicron, Indilinx, and Samsung engineer many of the most well-known SSDs on the market, with OEM companies adding their own branding, custom-tuned firmware, and warranty. The OCZ Summit SATA-II MLC SSD is another such OEM product, built from the PB22-J model that Samsung decided not to ODM and sell themselves. Equipped with the Samsung S3C29RBB01 SSD controller and a 128MB cache buffer, OCZ intends to keep their crown as the King of SSD product offerings with the Summit OCZSSD2-1SUM120G.

OCZ Summit MLC SSD OCZSSD2-1SUM120G @ Benchmark Reviews

Thermaltake Toughpower XT 750W Power Supply Review @ Bigbruin.com

The Thermaltake Toughpower XT 750W power supply performed well in each of the subjected tests. The unit consistently maintained a stable voltage when loaded and was slightly more efficient than its competitor. This particular model (W0229RU) also came with cable management to help tidy up your PC case.

Thermaltake Toughpower XT 750W Power Supply Review @ Bigbruin.com

AMD Athlon II X2 250 AM3 Processor @ Benchmark Reviews

Yesterday at Computex, AMD took the wraps off of two highly anticipated processors: the Athlon II X2 250 and the Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition. Both are based on AMD's 45nm SOI process with the key difference being the amount of L3 cache. The Phenom II X2 550, codenamed Callisto, gets the full 6 MB cache of the Phenom II family and will serve as AMD's new flagship dual-core processor. The Athlon II X2 250, on the other hand, is based on the new native dual-core Regor die that omits L3 cache completely and targets the mainstream segment. Benchmark Reviews was fortunate to receive samples of both processors. Yesterday we covered the Phenom II X2 550 and today we bring you the Athlon II X2 250 ADX250OGQBOX.

AMD Athlon II X2 250 AM3 Processor @ Benchmark Reviews

OCZ Technology 6GB PC3-12800 Blade Triple Channel Memory Kit

While some Blade series kits are geared toward the extreme overclocker, the kit reviewed is intended more for the user who wants tight timings at easily attainable speeds. There aren't too many 6GB kits offering memory that runs at 1600MHz and 6-6-6-24 (1T) timings, so this OCZ Technology Blade kit is unique in that regard.

OCZ Technology 6GB PC3-12800 Blade Triple Channel Memory Kit

OCZ 30GB Vertex (OCZSSD2-1VTX30G) SSD Review at CCE Reviews

The OCZ Vertex is leaps and bounds better than the original JMicron Solid State Drive. If you're an owner of the first generation drives and noticing your performance and system is starting to fall behind, it is time for an upgrade. I was originally pleased with the JMicron MLC SSD but after a few short weeks of use my notebook started to hang for a few seconds at a time. As OCZ clearly indicated on their packaging, my OCZ Vertex gives me faster access times resulting in a far more stable machine. The 64MB cache has made a world of difference and OCZ didn't sacrifice too much bandwidth for the improved access time. We're still well into the 140MB/s Write and 200MB/s Read. With Win7 just around the corner and the OCZ Vertex already claiming to support the TRIM command, OCZ's Vertex has a very bright future ahead of itself.

OCZ 30GB Vertex (OCZSSD2-1VTX30G) SSD Review at CCE Reviews

Recycled PC: Old Computers with a New Purpose @ Benchmark Reviews

Frequently, we find that new technological breakthroughs make old hardware that was just fine seem quaint. Be it a race toward higher clock speeds, faster front side buses, multiple cores, etc, computers become disused and replaced. Green attitudes have dissuaded people from tossing out components that are, for all intents and purposes, quite harmful to the environment. Moreover, current operating systems are becoming more power hungry let alone the software that runs on them. What's interesting about these computers is that in many cases they're perfectly useable. Here at Benchmark Reviews, we'll provide our list of uses for recycled computers.

Recycled PC: Old Computers with a New Purpose @ Benchmark Reviews

Sapphire HD4890 Toxic Vapor-X 11150-01-40R @ Benchmark Reviews

Sapphire has four ranges for most top-end products they offer: standard, Vapor-X, Toxic, and Atomic. While each is different in its own right, for most gamers it is the Toxic design that draws the most attention. Combining the Vapor-X cooling with overclocks seen on the Atomic, the Toxic brand is the most elite air-cooled video card Sapphire offers. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the performance on the Sapphire HD4890 Toxic Vapor-X 11150-01-40R video card against many of the other best graphics accelerator solutions in the price segment. FPS tests compare frame rates between low to high-end video cards, including a pair of CrossFireX Radeon HD 4770's.

Sapphire HD4890 Toxic Vapor-X 11150-01-40R @ Benchmark Reviews

AMD Phenom II X2 550 BE AM3 Processor @ Benchmark Reviews

Today at Computex, AMD took the wraps off of two highly anticipated processors: the Athlon II X2 250 and the Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition. Both are based on AMD's 45nm SOI process with the key difference being the amount of L3 cache. The Phenom II X2 550, codenamed Callisto, gets the full 6 MB cache of the Phenom II family and will serve as AMD's new flagship dual-core processor. The Athlon II X2 250, on the other hand, is based on the new native dual-core Regor die that omits the L3 cache completely and targets the mainstream segment. Benchmark Reviews was fortunate to receive samples of both processors and today we can officially share with you our results. In this review, we focus on the Phenom II X2 550 BE HDZ550WGIBOX.

AMD Phenom II X2 550 BE AM3 Processor @ Benchmark Reviews

CyberPower Injects Venom into Power Gaming With All-New “Fang” Series Gaming Rigs

BALDWIN PARK, CA (June 3, 2009) – CyberPower Inc., www.cyberpowerpc.com a global leader in high performance gaming PCs, has announced a new ground-breaking line of high-performance desktop gaming systems known as the Fang series. Each model in the Fang series will include special features and designs to fit the needs of both enthusiasts and gamers. The Fang series was co-developed with Intel and other leading manufacturers to offer one of the most unique and advanced gaming platforms in the world. The Fang series with Venom incorporates a special BIOS designed to allow for higher overclocking. The BIOS supports real time readings of CPU speed and additional options for QPI signal and CPU Clock Skew features, all of which improve overclocking capability. CyberPower kicks its Fang line off with the flagship Black Mamba and the Cobra Venom – a pair of overclocked gaming beasts. The Black Mamba features Intel’s latest i7 Extreme 975 processor and the most sought after motherboards among overclockers, EVGA’s X58 Classified or Gigabyte’s X58 Extreme. Keeping the blazing fast overclocked CPU cool is an upgraded Asetek water cooling. Cooler Master’s Storm Sniper, featuring Storm Tactics, provides the housing and keeps everything secure while providing ample room; even for 3-way SLI + PhysX technology configurations.

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Village Tronic ViBook Review at CCE Reviews

When I first heard of the ViBook I had doubts that I would truly enjoy its presence. I mean, most monitors already have the ability to extend their workspace with a second monitor. Then I realized that two monitors aren't always enough. What if I needed 3, 4, 5 or even 6? No laptop is going to come with that many DVI or VGA ports nor will you likely have 3 video cards installed onto your PC. You will more than likely have 6 or 8 USB ports at your disposal and that's where the ViBook really shines. You won't need to fiddle with any screws or wiggle a cable to make sure all the pins line up. The USB connection is simple and always works.

Village Tronic ViBook Review at CCE Reviews

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